I attempted to follow the suggestion of some of my commenters regarding the "Boring Beige" and decided to try it on with some accessories to brighten it up a bit.
All I could find to try with it was this scarf! If temperatures in future winters continue to go into minus double figures, as in the last 2 years, I can see me making a lot of use of BB. Despite all its boring beige-ness - it is very warm and cosy!
It's only a couple of weeks since we had the severe minus temperatures but you would never have thought it last weekend. On Saturday afternoon we attended a 50th birthday party at the local hotel where we sat outside in the sun (some in T-shirts!!) then enjoyed a hot buffet and watched Wales play beat England in the Six Nations rugby on a big screen. I took advantage of the lovely sunshine later to get OH to take a pic of the "Grey Cowl" (with me in it). It's a difficult colour to photograph but this is just about right with the little flecks of orange showing. This has been added to my intend-to-sell drawer - along with some cedarwood mothballs to prevent the little blighters chewing at the black thread that runs through it.
I have pairs of ankle and knee-length boots in both black and brown. When I bought the knee-length black ones a few months ago I paid for good quality ones and vowed to make a concerted effort to keep them (and the rest of my shoes/clothes) well-maintained in order to get value, and produce less waste. I wear boots to work most of the time in the winter and with it being a construction site they can get quite muddy. True to my vow, I dug out the polish and cleaned them up the other day, only for the bottom of the heel to fall off one of the ankle boots at a works Safety Stand Down Day on Monday!!! I didn't notice until it was almost time to leave so there's a lonely black heel lying around somewhere at Cheltenham Racecourse. The boots were nowhere near in need of reheeling but both will have to be done so they match!!
When I was at school I, and many school mates, would clean our shoes religiously every day after school ready to be smart again the following day. These days it's not only school children that don't clean their shoes. It doesn't seem to be frowned upon these days if shoes are dirty and scuffed. I sometimes see women in high heels with the ends worn right down so the coloured covering splays out like a frill and the toes turn up. As with clothes these days, footwear is often worn to death and replaced rather than looked after.
The last 2 photos show both sides of the first of 7 purses I've been asked to make. Two more are under way but I don't expect to get the rest finished until I get back from next week's holiday. A group of 8 of us is off to the Alps in France.
Progress since last time:
One commission purse finished and two more started.